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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Mar 7, 2014 1:52 pm
Tense moments inside a store, when a car came crashing through the front door of the Southern Nutrition Health Foods store.
Mar 7, 2014 1:51 pm
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Mar 7, 2014 12:30 pm
A woman in her mid-sixties drowned in a jacuzzi type hot tub Friday morning.
Mar 7, 2014 10:40 am
For the 19th Year, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will bring together some of the world's rarest cars
Mar 7, 2014 8:00 am
Community outcry, Southern pride and the loss of key business deals drove producers to seek friendlier waters.
Mar 7, 2014 7:45 am
A man was arrested Thursday after police say he was dealing in stolen property.
Mar 7, 2014 6:32 am
A substantial expansion of one of Florida's private school voucher programs is advancing in the state Legislature.
Mar 7, 2014 6:08 am
The primary suspect was taken into custody
Mar 7, 2014 5:26 am
Would you say 'yes' if you were invited to prom like this?
Mar 7, 2014 5:09 am
911 call released reveals SC pregnant woman's sister called police to get help hours before sister drove into ocean.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Mar 7, 2014 7:18 pm
Florida is making progress in its efforts to have SunPass accepted nationwide.
Mar 7, 2014 7:13 pm
Former Scott Rothstein partner Russell Adler was charged Friday with conspiring to illegally funnel donations to former Governor Charlie Crist as well as the campaign of former presidential candidate ...
Mar 7, 2014 6:43 pm
A small banner plane crashed into a lake in north Miami-Dade County on Friday, after taking off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines and losing power. ...
Mar 7, 2014 5:40 pm
From the apartment-leasing office where she works, the mother of twin toddlers phoned 911 and started to scream in horror. "There's two dead children in the pool. I just saw bodies. Please hurry!...
Mar 7, 2014 5:07 pm
U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in February despite the icy weather that gripped much of the nation, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to continu...
Mar 7, 2014 3:32 pm
While it should be warm today, temperatures are predicted to drop by tonight, as cool air settles in.
Mar 7, 2014 3:06 pm
The Sarasota Police Department is taking a unique approach to cutting down on solicitation of prostitution in their city.
Mar 7, 2014 2:49 pm
During Thursday’s rain-shortened game against the Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium, Miami Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill received an email from Red Sox general manager Be...
Mar 7, 2014 1:19 pm
A Boynton man upset about flood lights pointed a shotgun at a Comcast technician on Wednesday, according to Boynton Beach Police.
Mar 7, 2014 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON -- Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves “patriotic” and significantly more‎ liberal than older generation...
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